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How to Safely Clean Your Refrigerator


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No Need for Chemicals

Is your refrigerator getting grungy? If you can’t remember when you last gave it a thorough cleansing, now may be a good time. The good news is you don’t need harmful chemicals! Here’s how.

Begin by taking everything out. This is also a good opportunity to toss any food that’s expired or past its prime. Check “use by” dates and FDA guidelines to determine what’s “old.”

Wet a clean microfiber cloth with lukewarm water and give it a good wring. Fold it a couple of times so you have plenty of clean sides to use, unfolding to a fresh side as needed. No need for any cleaning chemicals, which could leave a residue and wind up on your food.

  1. Start from the top and wipe down your refrigerator’s shelves and walls, keeping the cloth flat against the surface, not scrunched.
  2. Wipe down the shelves in the door too, taking care to remove sticky spills that could harbor bacteria.
  3. Remove and wipe down the produce drawers and dry them thoroughly. Be sure to also clean the areas where they rest before replacing them.
  4. Clean the door gasket/seal too. It’s amazing what can get stuck in that little groove!
  5. Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator as well as the door’s edges and handle.
  6. Before replacing items in the fridge, wipe down any sticky bottles and containers.

Don’t forget the coils!

Condenser coils are the black coils found on the bottoms of newer refrigerators and on the backs of most older ones. Cleaning the coils every six months or so will help your fridge run more efficiently and can extend its life.

Be sure to unplug it or turn it off first. Then if you have an older refrigerator and you’re able to, pull it away from the wall, taking care not to scrape the floor. For a newer fridge, unclamp the bottom panel at the front.

Use a soft-bristled brush to remove as much dust and dirt as you can. Go over it with a vacuum till the dirt is all gone.

Got a water dispenser?

Because yeast and mold can build up on the spout, you’ll want to clean it every month or so. A pipe cleaner or drinking-straw cleaning brush works great.

Check to see if it’s time to replace the external water filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

What to know about your ice dispenser.

Your freezer’s ice bin can also harbor yeast and mold. To clean it, turn off the ice maker, remove the bin and discard the ice. Using lukewarm water, your microfiber cloth and a mild dishwashing liquid, wash the bin and rinse it well. Make sure it’s dry before replacing it in the freezer.

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Not only can a neglected or dirty fridge cost you more money in energy bills and cause food to spoil more quickly, it’s also not healthy. According to WebMD.com, food labeled with a “sell-by” date should be used within five days of that date. When in doubt, throw it out!

comment_2Do you have any tips for cleaning large appliances? Please share them with other readers in the comments below. And remember, if you’re not a Norwex Movement member yet, you’re invited to join us today! Together, we’re learning to make small, conscious choices to help our families and our world.

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Kim Metzger
Kim Metzger
8 months ago

Cleaning paste and a damp enviroscrub got the inside of my clothes dryer clean. All those marks left from drying shoes did not end up on my clothes.

Alison Jones
Alison Jones
8 months ago

Great article!

Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson
8 months ago

Great timing as filters need replacing. Plan to set up recurring auto shipments as saves $$ & time Vs purchasing when due. Keeps on track w/good tasting (no taste?) water & ice.

Good to know that the ice bin can harbor yeast & mold!

Belynda Wilson
Belynda Wilson
8 months ago

I am wondering why “mild dishwashing liquid” is required for icemaker bin and not just the cloth alone, please.

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8 months ago
Reply to  Belynda Wilson

Thanks for your question, Belynda. The use of a mild dishwashing liquid is not necessarily a “requirement,” but is suggested as a way to help ensure that the ice bin surface is as clean as possible. Of course, if you’re cleaning it with Norwex Microfiber, you have the added benefit of the cloth’s ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when using only water, and following proper care and use instructions.

Anne Nitkowski
Anne Nitkowski
7 months ago

Thanks for the reminder to clean the coils.,

Paula Martin
Paula Martin
6 months ago

Are we allowed to share these videos on our FB page?

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6 months ago
Reply to  Paula Martin

Absolutely! The videos we feature here are always sharable.

Kayla Blume
Kayla Blume
6 months ago

I never thought about the ice dispenser!! That’s Great I’m gonna do mine tomorrow!!! Thanks!

Corrie Selby
Corrie Selby
2 months ago

The ice bin is one thing i never thought to deep clean before. Thank you tip!

Shah Mohammad Polash
Shah Mohammad Polash
19 days ago

Hey
This article is really great. Last few days I search on google how can I clean refrigerator but I cant find any informative resource. After seeing your article I read and I got the info. Your info is very helpful. I love the way to clean my refrigerator.
Thanks for shearing. 

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